Review: Room by Emma Donoghue

Author: Emma Donoghue
Genre: Adult Contemporary Fiction
Page Length: 321 pages
Publication Date: September 13, 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Source: Borrowed via library
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

Zodiac Books: My Dream House Design

I am such a huge fan of Romina Russell's Zodiac series. These books keep getting better and better! I can't believe Thirteen Rising - the final book - will be out this August. Side note: Zodiac was the first ARC I ever got from Penguin! I know, I'm so sentimental... You can check out my reviews for Zodiac, Wandering Star, and Black Moon by clicking on the hyperlinks in the book title text! 

Although it's been awhile since I read Zodiac, I do recall that the main character, Rho, had an awesome house near the ocean on her Cancerian planet. So below I've included my own design for a hut by the sea!

Blog Tour: Midnight Jewel (Review)

Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy was one of the first YA books I ever read and loved. I've been a huge fan of Richelle ever since, and I'm avidly following her newest trilogy, The Glittering Court. I am thrilled to join the blog tour for Midnight Jewel, the second book in the series.

Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 416 pages
Publication Date: June 27th, 2017
Publisher: Razorbill/Penguin
Source: Publisher
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A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.

By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.

ARC Review: Song of the Current

Author: Sarah Tolcser
Genre: YA Fantasy
Page Length: 373 pages
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Publisher
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Caroline Oresteia is destined for the river. For generations, her family has been called by the river god, who has guided their wherries on countless voyages throughout the Riverlands. At seventeen, Caro has spent years listening to the water, ready to meet her fate. But the river god hasn’t spoken her name yet—and if he hasn’t by now, there’s a chance he never will.

Caro decides to take her future into her own hands when her father is arrested for refusing to transport a mysterious crate. By agreeing to deliver it in exchange for his release, Caro finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies, with dangerous pirates after the cargo—an arrogant courier with a secret—and without the river god to help her. With so much at stake, Caro must choose between the life she always wanted and the one she never could have imagined for herself.

APCB Adds #8

I love learning about the latest book deals, and APCB Adds is a feature where I share my latest Goodreads book additions. These posts will introduce you to books coming out in the future, ones you can look forward to! 

Review: Bad Romance

Author: Heather Demetrios
Genre: YA Contemporary
Page Length: 368 pages
Publication Date: June 13th, 2017
Publisher: Henry Holt/Macmillan
Source: Publisher
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Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.